Preparedness Notes for Friday — April 10, 2020

April 10th, 1796 was the birthday of James Jim Bowie (died March 6th, 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo.)

Long-time SurvivalBlog writing contest prize donor Naturally Cozy just announced their new washable hand-made pleated fabric face masks. They have a wire insert to provide a snug fit. And of course they are hand-made here in The American Redoubt.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 88 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  5. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $100 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 88 ends on May 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



      1. It’s encouraging to see folks take action. Apathy, or in difference is a spiritual problem that killed this country. Antibiotics are going to be precious, and they store for decades. Yesterday I found an old stash that nicely complimented more recent purchases. Medicine will be in very short supply, and even more expensive in the future. We are going into a Third World environment and worse. If I only need them once, it paid for themselves. And if I desperately needed dental or emergency medical help, I might be able to trade antibiotics for a doctor’s service. Even at current prices, they would be more important to myself than precious metals. What is the price of life saving medicine?

        1. Tunnel Rabbit,
          Yes, and I also found a stash of antibiotics to go with my recent acquisitions mentioned earlier. I also a few years ago when I took charge of my mom and dads care went through all of their medications, sorted out what the current needs are but discovered a huge stash of filled, but never used (due to dosage changes, changing of different kinds and types) prescription medications such as , blood thinners, gout medications, antidepressants, anti anxiety, prostate, blood pressure, Ect all in their original unopened bottles. I brought all of these home and now have them cataloged so that if medications do become too expensive or outright unattainable, I now have a small pharmacy. (I would NEVER dispense these out as I am NOT a doctor), but they might make a really good barter item or they just might save someone’s life if our country is going in the direction that many of us here foresee it going.

          I think you are a very interesting person and compliment the comments and details you have provided here. It’s definitely sparked an interest in me to learn and investigate things that I didn’t necessarily have an interest in but now do.

          Rock on

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